GDB VII: Sans Hemsky

Jason Gregor
October 16 2009 12:07PM

Happy frickin' Friday to you. My day started out just peachy when I was dinged by the fuzz for speeding. They sure picked the perfect spot: Edmonton's scenic 66th St and 36th Ave, just as you sped up the hill.

I have all the respect for the Police, and no doubt I was speeding, but this officer riled me up. I’ve been pulled over many times, and once I’m stopped I reach into the glove box and grab my insurance and registration. I believe in getting it over with as quick as possible.

So Mr. Patrolman knocks on the window, I power my window down and I’m greeted with this:

“Jason do you know you were going 81 in a 60 zone?”

I look up and have no clue who this guy is, but he knows my name. I do have the Kia logoed up with a TEAM 1260 logo, so it’s not hard to put two and two together.

Once he said my name he gave me a glimmer of hope that I might get off, or at least get a reduction. Nope, he just threw that out there to add insult to injury. I have no problem taking my lumps and paying the ticket, but next time, coppers, don't tease with the possibility or a reduction.

As a side thought, I wonder how many guys have been let go with a warning after being pulled over for speeding, because almost every hot girl I know has had one freebie?

Hemsky out

Even though he hasn’t played well to date, a team never wants their most skilled guy out of the lineup, but that’s the case tonight. Ales Hemsky is out with an undisclosed injury and Robert Nilsson will draw in.

Pat Quinn will put Mike Comrie on the left side, with Nilsson on the right of Shawn Horcoff. Horcoff left the morning skate and returned at the end, to try a different padding in his skates. Horcoff’s right foot is swollen after blocking a shot in Chicago, and the swelling is right where he ties up his skates. He was noticeably uncomfortable this morning, and admitted that it really bothers him to push off hard on his right foot.

Ken Lowe will be working to come up with something to relieve the pressure by game time.

Ethan Moreau, Andrew Cogliano and Zack Stortini will be another line, but after that it’s up in the air.

You could see JF Jacques with Sam Gagner and Patrick O’Sullivan, and Dustin Penner with Gilbert Brule and Ryan Stone. Or maybe Quinn puts Stone and Jacques with Gagner with the hope they have the same success as Moreau, Cogliano and Stortini.

No Havlat?

Many wondered who would get hurt first, Marian Gaborik or Martin Havlat, and if you picked Havlat you are the winner. Gaborik did miss some preseason games, but he has been on fire in the regular season. Havlat has five points in five games for the Wild, but he wasn’t on the ice this morning, and word is he won’t play.

Petr Sykora also didn’t skate and is out.

The Wild only have 12 goals in five games so far and right now only Marek Zidlicky and Shane Hnidy are + players. Seven of their 12 goals have come on the powerplay, and once again the Wild’s special teams are both in the top ten.

Their PP is 6th at 28% and their PK is 9th at 83.3%, but they can’t score five-on-five.

Eric Belanger leads them with two goals and seven points, while Andrew Brunette has four goals and six points. The Wild only have four players with three or more points, while the Oilers have ten with 3+ points.

The Wild are 0-4 on the road so far, and the Oilers were talking about the importance of a good start tonight.

The Wild will dress both 6’7” Derek Boogaard, and 6’8” Johnny Scott, so Zack Stortini could have his hands full tonight.

NATION DRAFT NO 1

For those of you in the OilersNation looking to take your involvement to the next level, I suggest entering the Team 1260 online hockey pool by clicking here. There are some great prizes to be won and as of writing this Robin Brownlee is in first place. Are you going to let him get away with that?

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
October 16 2009, 04:14PM
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MattL wrote:

Yes, but they'll remove your team half-way through the season, and replace it with an AHL pool team.

Can I book Krog and Schremp in advance, or do I have to wait?

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#52 Skidplate
October 16 2009, 04:14PM
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What are the rules to the pool?

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#53 BigE57
October 16 2009, 04:17PM
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DK0 wrote:

Its amazing what reading 10% of the words in a post randomly will add up to...

If that were the case the qoute would have read,

~"Gregor got a frrebie from a hot girl on the highway today"

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#54 Boundz
October 16 2009, 04:17PM
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It's funny that everyone is saying Hemsky's done nothing, yet he has 5 points, no? We, as Oil fans, should know he is a slow starter - didn't we go through this last year?

Hemsky hasn't given us ALL that he can, but he has given us something...

C'mon, give it a break.

B

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#55 Skidplate
October 16 2009, 04:18PM
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I have had luck lately (knock on wood) with the police. I am polite and ask if there is any chance for a break. I have gotten away with warnings a few times with this approach.

I have also helped out on the highways with a couple of accidents and I think that the PoPo keep tabs of that sort of thing.

Or its just Karma.

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#56 Teufel
October 16 2009, 04:19PM
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You've been pulled over many times? Maybe you should just stop driving like an idiot and you won't have any problems with "the fuzz." Just saying...

Too bad about Hemsky, although with the way he's been playing getting the night off might not be such a bad idea. Horcoff's foot injury is a bit worrisome though, hopefully he can play through it and not aggravate it. Having him on the IR will really hurt our faceoffs.

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#57 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
October 16 2009, 04:23PM
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@Teufel

Ha! I work for the driver licensing authority here in Manitoba.

I remember when I was on the front lines I had this 17 year old kid walk in with his mom, who was obviously intending to pay. There were surcharges like crazy on his license and she asked him why.

Kid: "Stupid f'ing cop gave me a ticket for speeding"

Mom: "Were you speeding?"

Kid: "Yeah."

Mom: "Then you deserve a ticket, and you're paying for your own license."

...and I laaaaughed.

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#58 bingofuel
October 16 2009, 04:31PM
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Skidplate wrote:

What are the rules to the pool?

the rules are you have to be 18 or over to be eligible. you can only pick your players once, and then you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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#59 Heatly
October 16 2009, 04:37PM
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@Jason Gregor

Yes, there are Aholes like that all the time in life.

What to do : /

Funny story though Jason....I just got a ticket not too long ago by Peace Officer Car and he did give me a break.

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#60 Skidplate
October 16 2009, 04:37PM
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@bingofuel

Thanks.

I take it it's one point for goals and assists?

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#61 Dan the Man
October 16 2009, 04:46PM
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Many years ago some friends and I were on the way home from seeing Amber Lynn at Showgirls and we got pulled over for speeding. My buddy offered the cop the polaroid he had taken of him, Amber Lynn and her 2 best assets to forget about the ticket ...the cop laughed and let us off with a warning.

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#62 the nose bleed section
October 16 2009, 04:54PM
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Way to speed in Millwoods gregor. You, like anyone else who lives in the hood should be aware that the fuzz patrol that place like Abbotsfield ;).

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#63 BarryS
October 16 2009, 04:56PM
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So I entered the pool and started at like 350 someing. Then I went out. God back and checked the email to find the entry confirmation. Clicked and discovered I had soared, (I mean crashed) to 400 and a couple. Didn't know any afternoon games were played.

Actually I expect fifty guys with better picks entered.

Sigh. Least I never paid any money to join or I would last.

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#64 Skidplate
October 16 2009, 05:00PM
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@BarryS

Got you beat so far Barry, I'm at 153. Only 11 behind the great Brownlee.

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#65 Skidplate
October 16 2009, 05:02PM
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Oh ya game day:

Oilers: 3 - Comrie, Lubo, Horcoff

Wild: 2 - Burns & Brodz

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#66 BarryS
October 16 2009, 05:04PM
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Its worse than I thought, "Sigh". Lets just say I close enough to the bottom to feel the heat.

Perhaps I should have looked at the scoring stats before making my picks.

"double sigh"

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#67 Skidplate
October 16 2009, 05:07PM
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@BarryS

What's your team name?

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#68 Skidplate
October 16 2009, 05:08PM
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@BarryS

Oh, it must be Grumpy Goalie?

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#69 BarryS
October 16 2009, 05:09PM
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Grumpy Goalie And I'm at like at 426 and 39 behind.

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#70 Skidplate
October 16 2009, 05:11PM
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@BarryS

There is lots of time in the season....

however,

Dan Sedin is out long term

I know you know Souray is out

No worries, as you said, no money exchanged hands, unless you want to make a side wager???

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#71 BarryS
October 16 2009, 05:13PM
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Only if you take used postage stamps. I learned a long time ago when I'm winning I'm actually only loosing slowly.

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#72 jeanshorts
October 16 2009, 05:16PM
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So it appears Wanye lucked out last night, and we are now tied. Well played Gretz, well played.......

I'm also 404 out of 444. Getting off to an amazing start!

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#73 Skidplate
October 16 2009, 05:17PM
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@BarryS

If you ain't first, you're last

Shake n' Bake

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#74 BarryS
October 16 2009, 05:26PM
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Skidplate wrote:

If you ain't first, you're last

Shake n' Bake

But often the last get to walk over the bodies of those who were first and get to the target unscathed.

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#75 Skidplate
October 16 2009, 05:28PM
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@BarryS

But you're still last :)

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#76 BarryS
October 16 2009, 05:30PM
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Skidplate wrote:

But you're still last :)

I'll let all you front runners find all the mines. Anyway, I don't mind being in the last cohort.

;-]

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#77 R Kenny
October 16 2009, 05:32PM
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There are 2 other teams that are identical to mine in the pool. What happens if we all win? Ninja-Bear-Cowboy tournament for all the marbles?

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#78 vern
October 16 2009, 05:35PM
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I,m sitting at 340th 22 back. I can't wait for the game to start. The wild are supposed to be playing a more up-tempo style, so they should be more fun to watch. 5 - 3 oil.

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#79 Smokin' Ray
October 16 2009, 06:13PM
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~Wow! I'm all the way up to 285th place. Yay!~

I was at 31st place last night... before everyone joined. Stupid Joiners!

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#80 Smokin' Ray
October 16 2009, 06:30PM
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These are some of the funny names I've seen in the draft. They made me laugh out loud.

1)Patrick Kane's Coin Purse 2)Puck Fronger 3)theo fleury's lost innocence 4)The Missing Edit Button

This one made me say ewwwww. 1)elisha cuthberts soggy panties

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#81 SirFozz
October 16 2009, 06:37PM
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I am now in the draft. Good luck ladies.

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#82 SirFozz
October 16 2009, 06:41PM
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#51. Yay joining late!!

Coming for Brownlee

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#83 David S
October 16 2009, 06:51PM
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Not sure how we're going to have a chance against Edmonton's #1 Oilers beat writer. How are you supposed to beat a guy who knows what toothpaste Sam Gagner uses????

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#84 justin
October 16 2009, 07:06PM
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anyone got a link for the game????

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#85 Citizen Alpha
October 16 2009, 07:08PM
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@Smokin' Ray

If team The Missing Edit Button makes the top 10, I'll consider bringing it over to the Nations. Wouldn't that be grand? *holds breath*

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#86 Lofty
October 16 2009, 07:20PM
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Passing is much better... Brutal!

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#87 freeze
October 16 2009, 07:21PM
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wow, look at Smid jump in on the offence!! I hope he gets a shot on goal some day!

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#88 freeze
October 16 2009, 07:25PM
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@justin

ustream.

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#89 RossCreekNation
October 16 2009, 07:27PM
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Glencross with a shortie!!

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#90 freeze
October 16 2009, 07:30PM
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chorney with the nice hit!!

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#91 freeze
October 16 2009, 07:31PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Glencross with a shortie!!

*cough* www.flamesnation.ca *cough*

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#92 freeze
October 16 2009, 07:32PM
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that was a nasty hit on JF!

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#93 RossCreekNation
October 16 2009, 07:33PM
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@freeze

whats the score?

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#94 freeze
October 16 2009, 07:35PM
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0-0

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#95 freeze
October 16 2009, 07:37PM
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Is the Pouliot on Minny related to MAP?

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#96 freeze
October 16 2009, 07:37PM
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two posts for the Oil!! FRAK!!

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#97 freeze
October 16 2009, 07:37PM
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#wherethehelliseveryone

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#98 RossCreekNation
October 16 2009, 07:39PM
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freeze wrote:

Is the Pouliot on Minny related to MAP?

Fairly certain they are not.

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#99 RossCreekNation
October 16 2009, 07:41PM
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freeze wrote:

#wherethehelliseveryone

Just us eh?

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#100 RossCreekNation
October 16 2009, 07:42PM
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@freeze

Time to turn the page...

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